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Berlin receives emergency relief grant for business

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Feb. 25, 2021) Berlin’s Main Street Community has been awarded $194,113 in emergency relief to support small businesses and other economic recovery efforts. “We were pleasantly surprised because we’re a small town,” said Ivy Wells, the Berlin’s economic and community development director. “We were very happy with what we received… Read more »

Director could be ousted at board session

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Special meeting called for after Phillips resignation By Greg Ellison (Feb. 25, 2021) The possible removal of a member of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors will be decided at a special meeting, following  a board vote Saturday apparently in response to circumstances that might have led to the resignation of Director of Amenities… Read more »

Bald eagle recovering after windshield crash


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Feb. 18, 2021) A bald eagle is resting comfortably in serious, but stable condition, after flying through the windshield of a truck on Route 113 near Langmaid Road in Newark last Friday afternoon. Tractor-trailer driver Wayne Hamilton, 63, of Delaware, said the bird was apparently swooping down after prey when it… Read more »

Berlin childcare centers apply for more state funds

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Feb. 18, 2021) While restaurants are perhaps the most well-known victims of pandemic-related restrictions and closures, a lesser known service is having its troubles as well, and is why local childcare centers are hailing the opening of the Child Care Relief Fund announced by Gov. Larry Hogan last Friday. Through… Read more »

Colby Phillips resigns over board dispute

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No specifics, but long-time employee says it’s related By Greg Ellison (Feb. 18, 2021) Ocean Pines Director of Amenities and Operational Logistics Colby Phillips resigned on Thursday in the wake of recent closed-door meetings tied to an ethics and conduct complaint against a member of the Ocean Pines Board of Directors. “My resignation is in… Read more »

State OKs $482K for pond project


Effort to reduce flooding, clean up watershed should get underway this spring By Greg Ellison (Feb. 18, 2021) The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a  $482,337 grant last week through the Department of Natural Resources to retrofit Bainbridge Pond in Ocean Pines to reduce flooding and improve water quality. The Board of Public Works… Read more »

Heron Park land sale possibility

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Interest expressed in two parcels near entrance, but mayor, council undecided By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Feb. 11, 2021) The town of Berlin has potential buyers for two parcels that sit in front of the entry to the paths and ponds in Heron Park, but the mayor and council have to decide whether they have… Read more »

OP Garden Club looks to spring


By Greg Ellison (Feb. 11, 2021) After adapting to largely online communications for coronavirus considerations last year, the Ocean Pines Garden Club is hoping to stage activities this spring following whatever safety restrictions remain in place. Garden Club President Patti Lookner said after the group halted in-person meetings due to the pandemic an email alternative… Read more »

Town Council talks FY21 general fund

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Feb. 11, 2021) The Berlin Mayor and Council reviewed the general fund and utility funds report with the FY20 second quarter update of revenues and expenditures against the FY21 budget from Natalie Saleh, the town’s finance director. The general fund balance consists of non-spendable fund balance, restricted fund balance, committed… Read more »

Board finds ethics charge has no basis

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By Greg Ellison Complaint against director dismissed without comment (Feb. 11, 2021) After holding a pair of closed session meetings over an ethics and conduct complaint against an unnamed director the week before, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last Thursday held a special meeting lasting only several minutes to dismiss the allegations. Director… Read more »